Conservative ‘activist’ James O’Keefe thought he had a great plan this time, but like most of his schemes, it failed. The Conservative smear-artist was busted while attempting to impersonate Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press. O’Keefe was attempting another ‘sting’ operation in order to catch voter fraud on video but he’s the only one who got stung. Ouchies!
“I wish I could muster some righteous indignation over this outrage,” Dickerson wrote. “But the thing is, O’Keefe didn’t get very far.”
The 32-year old went to a precinct in Birmingham, Michigan, to cast a ballot while feigning to be Dickerson and said that he lost his driver’s license while hunting. The veteran poll worker, Cindy Rose, was familiar with Dickerson so when O’Keefe tried to introduced ‘himself’ while giving Dickerson’s address, she asked, “Are you his son?”
“No,” O’Keefe replies. “I’m Brian.
Talking Points Memo reports:
After a call to the Birmingham city clerk’s office, the worker tells O’Keefe he can vote after he signs affidavit affirming he is Dickerson. O’Keefe does not sign the affidavit or vote, but he claims victory in proving that voting laws are too lax — especially after the poll worker seems to doubt that O’Keefe is actually Dickerson, but hands him a ballot anyway. He then goes to the clerk’s office to confront City Clerk Laura Pierce with the tape of the worker handing him the ballot.
The edited video (naturally) was promoted on right wing sites, but some key details were left out.
As Dickerson explains, the poll worker had already called the Birmingham city clerk’s office where another acquaintance of his, Deputy Clerk Cheryl Arft is employed, to inform her that she accepted an absentee ballot from the real Brian Dickerson a day earlier.
“In the video, Rose chooses not to share this intelligence with the intrepid impostor, curious to see how far he will press his scheme,” he continues.
Well it’s a good thing O’Keefe didn’t sign the ballot because that would be a felony. Even though O’Keefe is promoting the edited video, it doesn’t make it true.
Then he posts the video of his conversations with Rose and Pierce on YouTube, tweeting: “I could have voted as Brian Dickerson!” The video is dutifully broadcast by the Drudge Report and other conservative websites, doubtless mystifying the vast majority of right-wing conspiracy theorists who have never heard of me.
And of course, O’Keefe could have voted as Brian Dickerson, in the same sense that he could walk into a Ford dealership (with no identification whatsoever) and steal a new Taurus.
What’s dubious is his assertion that the crime would have gone unnoticed or unpunished.
Even if O’Keefe had followed through by signing a fraudulent affidavit, the poll workers knew that the person in whose name he sought to vote had already cast a ballot.
And if I had attempted to vote after O’Keefe’s had fraudulently pre-empted me?
“We would have asked you for identification,” Pierce says, “and, after establishing that you were who you said you were, we would have called the police.”
Watch the edited video which O’Keefe uploaded on YouTube:
Still yet, O’Keefe thinks he really has something this time. Last time I wrote about O’Keefe, on a scale of one to ten of being mad online, he was at 10. He called me a Marxist for writing about him. Please cry some more douche tears for me, James.
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